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Re: Tentative Ebisedian number system

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 3, 2002, 17:59
On 3 Jul 02, at 13:43, H. S. Teoh wrote:

> I just had an idea for the upcoming Ebisedian number system. Instead of > saying "<number> of <noun>", such as "three cows" or "four horses", where > the number word modifies the noun, Ebisedian will have the *noun* modify > the *number*. > > E.g., to talk about three children, you'd talk about a "child-three" > (child being adjectival). To talk about five dogs, you'd refer to a > "canine-five". The idea being that the number manifests itself in > different shapes and forms, rather than vice versa. So you'd talk about a > monetary-thousand rather than a thousand units of currency, a floral-ten > rather than ten flowers, and reddish-nine instead of nine (types of) reds. > > What do people think of this idea? Good? Bad? Crazy? Stupid? :-)
No sillier than using nouns for numbers, I'd say. ("The eggs in the basket threed" = "There were three eggs in the basket".) Cheers, Philip -- Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>